Mayor takes leave of absence

Mayor takes leave of absence


On March 28, 2019, news outlets reported a charge of sexual assault had been filed against Port Moody Mayor Rob Vagramov. The assault is alleged to have occurred on April 1, 2015. Port Moody council held an emergency meeting at 3:00 pm on March 28, and agreed the mayor would take a paid leave of absence to deal with the charge. Following the meeting, the mayor spoke briefly to the media.

Press conference video at link below:

On April 2, 2019, council held a meeting to discuss an acting mayor rotation. The video can be accessed here.

Since it’s unknown how long the city will require an acting mayor, three 3-month time slots were filled. Councillors who were available for any or all time slots had their names put into a glass for a random draw to determine the schedule.

If necessary until the end of the year …

From April through June, the acting mayor will be Councillor Lahti.
From July through September, the acting mayor will be Councillor Madsen.
From October through December, the acting mayor will be Councillor Milani.

From the Vancouver Sun:
Port Moody mayor charged with sexual assault, takes paid leave of absence
Vancouver Sun, March 28, 2019

“Port Moody Mayor Rob Vagramov is taking a paid leave of absence after being charged with sexual assault relating to an incident alleged to have taken place four years ago.

Vagramov has denied the allegation.

“When the allegation surfaced during the election campaign last year, I was horrified and taken completely by surprise,” Vagramov told reporters on Thursday afternoon. “I want to be absolutely clear: This allegation is false. I intend on fighting it every step of the way, including filing a suit for defamation for this continued attack on my character.”

Vagramov said he had taken a lie-detector test and passed the results on to “authorities”.

“As someone who has been in contact with victims of sexual assault, I hope this does not take away from the validity of other cases. I am thankful to live in a place where the police take such claims extremely seriously,” he said. “I look forward to clearing my name in court.”

The charge was sworn in B.C. provincial court on Wednesday, and announced by the B.C. Prosecution Service in a statement on Thursday. Vagramov’s first court appearance is scheduled for April 25 in Port Coquitlam.”

[Full article at title link above.]

More local coverage at Tri-City News.


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